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# Getting to Cambridge: STEP by STEP! watch

1. (Original post by Fbiemad)
What grades are good in STEP 1?
How impressive and hard is it to get "x" grade in STEP 1?
(x being the different possible grades you can achieve in STEP.)

I hope this made sense.
You can see the distribution of marks here (2016)
http://www.admissionstestingservice....of-results.pdf

STEP I isn't used as an entrance exam for Maths at Cambridge. It is, though, by other universities. That said, a 1 is good. An S is very good.
2. (Original post by Fbiemad)
What grades are good in STEP 1?
How impressive and hard is it to get "x" grade in STEP 1?
(x being the different possible grades you can achieve in STEP.)

I hope this made sense.
Getting a grade 1 is pretty standard for a good mathematician; this can be achieved by practising lots of papers. Getting an S is impressive and harder than it might seem because the S boundary can be really high - last year it was 102 and I got 101, but I still managed to get an S in II, probably because I didn't many any terrible mistakes like in I. Getting a grade 2 is quite easy; most should be able to achieve this with some practice.
3. (Original post by Mathemagicien)
Ouch.
Last year it was also 88 for an S in III and I got 87. Again from ridiculous silly mistakes.
4. Can I ask because STEP I requires knowledge from C1-C4, S1-2, M1-2.

I'm currently learning C3 and preparing to take the exam this year, so I'm obviously going to be doing solomon papers in practice for the exam. In terms of preparing for STEP content that requires knowledge from all these modules, will solomon papers from each module help or not? Just wondering btw, I know STEP questions are really different and require knowledge from various modules or topics and I'm not sure if getting used to solomon styled questions can be good in prep for STEP questions?

P.S. I'm taking STEP next year lol just thinking ahead randomly.
5. And I'm stuck here doing IB with 4HLs >.<
6. (Original post by Mac117)
And I'm stuck here doing IB with 4HLs >.<
That was me 2 years ago, so glad I left that *****y IB
7. (Original post by Zacken)
That was me 2 years ago, so glad I left that *****y IB
Can't do that I'm afraid :/ Was it French that pushed you over the edge? The thing I hate the most is TOK, even though I enjoy philosophy! I'm hoping for a 42 so that I can apply to Cambridge.

One semester into the game and sometimes I wonder how much easier I'd have it with 3 or 4 A-levels and no IAs, EE, CAS...

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right..?
8. (Original post by Mac117)
Can't do that I'm afraid :/ Was it French that pushed you over the edge? The thing I hate the most is TOK, even though I enjoy philosophy! I'm hoping for a 42 so that I can apply to Cambridge.

One semester into the game and sometimes I wonder how much easier I'd have it with 3 or 4 A-levels and no IAs, EE, CAS...

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right..?
*shrugs* without the waste of time called IB, I was able to focus my time on doing far more difficult maths than what the IB has to offer; so a win-win for me.

And there wasn't really one contributing factor that pushed me over the edge, so to speak. It was just all the things building on my nerves.
9. (Original post by Zacken)
*shrugs* without the waste of time called IB, I was able to focus my time on doing far more difficult maths than what the IB has to offer; so a win-win for me.

And there wasn't really one contributing factor that pushed me over the edge, so to speak. It was just all the things building on my nerves.
Fair enough! Good luck in your future studies ^^
10. (Original post by ShiawaseNekox3)
You got into Cambridge then? For what?
land economy
11. (Original post by Zacken)
*shrugs* without the waste of time called IB, I was able to focus my time on doing far more difficult maths than what the IB has to offer; so a win-win for me.

And there wasn't really one contributing factor that pushed me over the edge, so to speak. It was just all the things building on my nerves.
i thought u meant part Ib for a moment there and was gonna have to beat some sense into u
12. (Original post by EnglishMuon)
i thought u meant part Ib for a moment there and was gonna have to beat some sense into u
hi babes
13. (Original post by Number Nine)
hi babes
Oh Tom, not here.
Save it for part III xx
14. (Original post by Zacken)
(RECENT UPDATE HERE)

Background:

I started off secondary education on a pretty bad foot, things weren't going well, I fell in with the wrong group of friends at my new new school, one thing led to another and my report card was mainly U's and G's. This stayed this way till my GCSE years where I finally got to choose my own subjects, change class and make new friends. My grades were mediocre, I averaged C's in most of Year 10 subjects. I improved a little by the time the mocks came around and was fairly confident for exams.

It was right before exam term that I had an existential crisis and decided that grades didn't really mean anything to me and they had no bearing on my intelligence, so I put in zero effort into my IGCSE's, I slobbed around, didn't do any revision and spent half the exam doodling silly things onto spare paper and annoying invigilators.

I was fairly surprised at receiving 7 A*'s and an A (in economics, somebody isn't going to be happy about that) and was ecstatic at being the only one to have scored an A* in Additional Maths in my school's history. I moved on to sixth form, where I started the IB. At this point, I'd set my targets on studying maths. Things were looking up for me.

But, as always, thing's did not go well. I hated it all, I had to do a large number of irrelevant subjects, there was the CAS component, ToK, I had to do French as a First Language which was something I genuinely detested. I had many a falling out with the head of sixth and a variety of other teachers. I'd be called in to the office on regular intervals to be given a scolding, I refused to attend French class, it was bad.

After a year (this is September 2015), I got fed up of it all and quit. I decided that I would sit my A-Levels by myself and self-teach everything. I enrolled myself for January 2016 exams, applied to university and began working. I had four months to cover three A-Levels, roughly. I got invited to King's College, Cambridge for an interview, and then the unthinkable happened: I got an offer. This is where I am today.

Update as of 01/10/16: I ended up meeting my offer and being accepted to study maths at King's. I've moved in and have been settling in quite well so far.

Stats:

GCSE's: 7 A* 1 A (CIE IGCSE)
A-Levels: A*A*A
Modules

Finished:
C1 - 100/100
C2 - 100/100
C3 - 99/100
C4 - 99/100
M1 - 98/100
M2 - 97/100
M3 - 70/100
S1 - 100/100
S2 - 96/100
FP1- 91/100
Physics 1 - 120/120
Physics 2 - 113/120
Physics 3 - 56/60

June:
FP2 - 90/100
FP3 - 97/100
Physics 4 - 101/120
Physics 5 - 104/120
Physics 6 - 55/60

Things are a bit bare at the moment, I'll have to admit. It'll look a lot more homely once March rolls around and I get my January exam results back.

Why am I making this thread?

Well, I figure that this isn't only a really good way of cataloguing my experiences with past papers and a way to view my progress without writing things down physically because if I do, I'll lose whatever feeble attempt I tried. I'm hoping that is also acts as a reminder for working, although that's a bit of a fat chance, given my penchant for laziness and dumbness.

Offer status:

Cambridge (Firm): Offer - A*A*A + 1, 1 in STEP II, III. (Accepted)
Warwick (Insurance): Offer - A*A*A* + 1 in any STEP.
Imperial: Offer - A*A*A + 1, 2 in STEP II, III
UCL: Offer- A*A*A + 1 in any STEP

STEP Mocks:

STEP II, 2000: 95/120
STEP III, 2000: 80/120

STEP II, 2002: 101/120
STEP III, 2002: 78/120

STEP II, 2003: 109/120
STEP III, 2003: 100/120

STEP II, 2004: 113/120
STEP III, 2004: 99/120

STEP II, 2005: 109/120
STEP III, 2005: 98/120

STEP II, 2006: 103/120
STEP III, 2006: 107/120

STEP II, 2007: 112/120
STEP III, 2007: 96/120

STEP II, 2008: 105/120
STEP III, 2008: 106/120

STEP II, 2009: 109/120
STEP III, 2009: 118/120

STEP II, 2010: 115/120
STEP III, 2010: 95/120

STEP II, 2011: 116/120
STEP III, 2011: 110/120

STEP I, 2012: 98/120
STEP II, 2012: 112/120
STEP III, 2012: 101/120

STEP II 2013: 116/120
STEP III 2013: 109/120

STEP II 2014: 112/120
STEP III 2014: 96/120

STEP II, 2015: 93/120
STEP III 2015: 95/120

STEP I, 2016: 97/120 (predicted 95)
STEP II, 2016: 82/120 (predicted 70)
STEP III, 2016: 72/120 (predicted 75)

A-Level Mocks:

June 2009, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2010, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2011, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2012, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2013, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2013, FP2 (RE): 74/75 (098)
June 2013, FP2 (WD): 75/75 (100)
June, 2014, FP2 (UK): 7575 (100)
June, 2014, FP2 (RE): 74/75 (098)
June 2014, FP2 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
June 2015, FP2 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2015, FP2 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
June 2016, FP2 (IAL): 69/75 (090)

June 2009, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2010, FP3 (UK):74/75 (100)
June 2011, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2012, FP3 (UK):74/75 (100)
June 2013, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2013, FP3 (RE): 75/75 (100)
June 2014, FP3 (UK): 75/75 (100)
June 2014, FP3 (RE): 75/75 (100)
June 2014, FP3 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
June 2015, FP3 (UK): 74/75 (100)
June 2015, FP3 (IAL): 75/75 (100)
June 2016, FP3 (IAL): 75/75 (100)

June 2009, S3 (UK): 73/75 (96)
June 2010, S3 (UK): 72/75 (95)
June 2011, S3 (UK): 71/75 (93)
June 2012, S3 (UK): 70/75 (93)
June 2013, S3 (UK): 72/75 (97)
June 2013, S3 (RE): 73/75 (98)
June 2014, S3 (UK): 71/75 (94)
June 2014, S3 (RE): 73/75 (95)
June 2014, S3 (IAL): 74/75 (100)
June 2015, S3 (UK): 74/75 (100)
June 2015, S3 (IAL): 70/75 (95)
June 2016, S3 (IAL): 68/75 (90)

Jan 2010, U4: not marked
June 2010, U4: not marked
Jan 2011, U4: not marked
June 2011, U4: 73/80 (120)
Jan 2012, U4: 63/80 (120)
June 2012, U4: 71/80 (120)
Jan 2013, U4: 67/80 (103)
June 2013, U4: 62/80 (110)
Jan 2014, U4: 64/80 (106)
June 2014, U4: 62/80 (108)
June 2014 (RE), U4: 68/80 (120)
June 2014 (IAL), U4: 62/80 (106)
Jan 2015 (IAL), U4: 72/80 (118)
June 2015 (IAL), U4: 68/80 (108)
June 2015 (UK), U4: 71/80 (118)
Jan 2016 (IAL), U4: 68/80 (118)
June 2016 (IAL), U4: 70/80 (110)

June 2010, U5: 63/80 (108)
Jan 2011, U5: 60/80 (108)
June 2011, U5: not marked
Jan 2012, U5: not marked
June 2012, U5: 64/80 (117)
Jan 2013, U5: 67/80 (115)
June 2013 (UK), U5: 67/80 (115)
June 2013 (RE), U5: 66/80 (120)
Jan 2014 (IAL), U5: 68/80 (110)
June 2014 (UK), U5: 76/80 (120)
June 2014 (RE), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
June 2014 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
Jan 2015 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
June 2015 (UK), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
June 2015 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)
Jan 2016 (IAL), U5: 71/80 (118)
June 2016 (IAL), U5: xx/xx (xxx)

June 2010, U6: 37/40 (60/60)
Jan 2011, U6: not marked
June 2011, U6: 33/40 (54/60)
Jan 2012, U6: 32/40 (52/60)
June 2012, U6: 34/40 (60/60)
Jan 2013, U6: 35/60 (60/60)
June 2013, U6: 38/40 (60/60)
Jan 2014, U6: 36/40 (60/60)
June 2014, U6: 35/40 (57/60)
Jan 2015, U6: 36/40 (60/60)
June 2015, U6: 35/40 (60/60)
Jan 2016, U6: 36/40 ( 60/60)
June 2016, U6: 29/40 (50/60)

Blog Entries
19th Feb: Death to FP3
23rd Feb: 'tis a blue moon
4th March: Dawn of dark: Results day, a day late
24th August: Title of the blog

Hi zacken.
I really like the whole colour coding system you have going on here it is very nice. Just needed some advixe on the step paper exam.
So im taking step number 1 2 and 3. I have alk content on the lockdown. I am thinking of doing a petition to AtS since some of the questions arent good as i cant know what to do. Also. Why arent there diagrams for mechanics? They shud very much be provided. Can you speak to ur fruend at the Jesus college Mr dr stephen siklos i heard u have a correspondance with him. Also i applied to kings. I seen u there. I think ur very beautiful i hope i can get to know u better at cambridge

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